Overturned Tanker On I-795 Was Carrying Heating Oil, MDE Reports No Environmental Impact


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OWINGS MILLS - According to officials, the tanker truck that caused a massive fire on Friday morning, closing I-795, was carrying 8,500 gallons of heating oil.

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Just after 6:00 a.m. on Friday, Maryland State Police responded to a stretch of I-795 in Pikesville near Owings Mills Boulevard. Firefighters and Police arrived on the scene to find a large tanker truck completely engulfed in flames.

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Firefighters freed the driver from the truck, and they were rushed to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. The fire sent smoke billowing throughout the area and closed I-795 for over an hour as crews battled to contain the blaze. Local fire crews worked with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to contain the diesel fuel spill and to clean up the roadway.

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According to MDE, the fuel was successfully contained, and no environmental impact was reported.

No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The crash remains under investigation by Maryland State Police.

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